5/11/08

CSU Research Aims To Reduce Injuries To Race Horses

clipped from www.examiner.com
Sports

SPORTS: CSU research aims to reduce injuries to race horses

By MIKE HOOKER, The Associated Press
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -

The death of a top race horse in the Kentucky Derby is something researchers at Colorado State University hope to help prevent in the future.

Eight Belles, a filly, fractured both front ankles after placing second at the race last weekend. Veterinarians euthanized her at the track, prompting a nationwide discussion about the risks the animals face from aggressive training and breeding.

At CSU's Equine Orthopedic Research Center, one veterinarian is a pioneer in bone and joint surgery that is saving race horses. Another has tissue samples from 150 different horses, hoping to find an answer to the common injury that Eight Belles suffered May 3.

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